News - 2018

Harvest supports substation, transmission line build at Commonwealth Crossing

Dec 11, 2018 - The Harvest Foundation will invest $11 million, approximately 50 percent of total costs, to help provide reliable and clean power at Commonwealth Crossing Business Centre (CCBC) with construction of a new substation and transmission line at the site. - Read More

Harvest grants $30,000 to museum for outdoor pavilion project

Dec 7, 2018 - The Harvest Foundation will provide a $30,000 grant to the Virginia Museum of Natural History (VMNH) to construct an outdoor education pavilion. - Read More

Harvest grant to help Axton rehabilitation center double its capacity

Dec 6, 2018 - Hope Center Ministries is expanding its drug and alcohol residential rehabilitation program for men with help from a three-year, $225,939 grant from The Harvest Foundation. - Read More

Health coalition tackles Medicaid expansion, workforce readiness with Harvest grant

Dec 5, 2018 - The Martinsville-Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness will focus on Virginia’s Medicaid expansion and build on its existing programs with a two-year grant of $929,720 from The Harvest Foundation - Read More

Community to receive dedicated outreach worker for Medicaid enrollment

Dec 5, 2018 - The Harvest Foundation will partner with the Virginia Health Care Foundation (VHCF) in its SignUpNow/Project Connect initiative in Martinsville-Henry County to assist area residents in applying for Medicaid coverage. - Read More

Smart Beginnings to expand ‘Promising Neighborhoods’ with Harvest grant

Dec 4, 2018 - Smart Beginnings Martinsville Henry is expanding its Promising Neighborhoods program with a two-year grant of $268,368 from The Harvest Foundation. - Read More

Harvest Foundation announces $1.8 million in grants to Martinsville-Henry County schools

Dec 3, 2018 - The Harvest Foundation has awarded $1.8 million in grants to Carlisle School, Henry County Public Schools and Martinsville City Public Schools. - Read More

Carlisle School plans new comprehensive writing program with Harvest funding

Dec 3, 2018 - Officials at Carlisle School look to improve written communication skills and achieve higher SAT scores with a grant from The Harvest Foundation. - Read More

Henry County Schools focus on literacy with Harvest grant

Dec 3, 2018 - Henry County Public Schools will use a three-year, $1.2 million grant from The Harvest Foundation to ensure all students are reading on grade level by the end of third grade. - Read More

Harvest grant to help Martinsville students prepare for higher education, careers

Dec 3, 2018 - Martinsville City Public Schools will prepare its students to successfully transition to the SEED Fund program at Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC), or other educational and training institutions, with a three-year, $416,120 grant from The Harvest Fo - Read More

Harvest provides grant to expand Philpott Marina, campgrounds

Nov 30, 2018 - Philpott Marina and the adjoining group campground site in Henry County will undergo an expansion and upgrades with help from a $62,500 grant from The Harvest Foundation. - Read More

United Way to expand ‘Bridges’, financial stability programs

Nov 29, 2018 - The United Way of Henry County and Martinsville looks to expand its Bridges Out of Poverty and financial stability programs with a two-year, $147,181 grant from The Harvest Foundation. - Read More

Complex to replace turf fields, make other improvements with Harvest grant

Nov 28, 2018 - The Harvest Foundation will provide a three-year grant of $2.4 million to the Southern Virginia Recreation Facilities Authority in support of the Smith River Sports Complex. - Read More

PHCC looks to grow local workforce with Harvest grant

Nov 27, 2018 - Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) will increase the number of graduates who enter the local workforce in several fast-growing sectors with a three-year, $5.8 million grant award from The Harvest Foundation. - Read More

Harvest Foundation awards fall grants totaling $22.3 million

Nov 16, 2018 - The Harvest Foundation Board of Directors awarded 13 grants totaling $22.3 million at its Thursday, Nov. 15 meeting. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Economic Development Corporation to help advanced manufacturing facilities

Nov 12, 2018 - The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) says it will begin working with advanced manufacturing facilities to help them recruit talent. - Read More

Architectural Projects Earn State Awards

Nov 12, 2018 - Three architectural projects are being recognized in the 2018 Virginia School Boards Association’s Exhibition of School Architecture. - Read More

Harvest Youth Board makes $7,500 grant to Santa, Cops and Kids

Nov 7, 2018 - The Harvest Youth Board will help the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), Patrick Henry Lodge #73, surpass its goal of serving more children in the Santa, Cops and Kids program this year with a $7,500 grant award. - Read More

Strayer Named Superintendent for Henry County Public Schools

Nov 1, 2018 - The School Board of Henry County appointed Mrs. Sandy Strayer, Acting Superintendent, as the school division’s Superintendent during its monthly meeting today with a contract that runs through 2022. - Read More

Foundation, Harvest Youth Board team up for Grace Network project

Nov 1, 2018 - The Harvest Foundation and Harvest Youth Board will partner on a project led by Grace Network of Martinsville & Henry County, Feeding Hope in MHC, to reduce food waste and further assist local families who are food insecure. - Read More

Health coalition welcomes new director

Oct 30, 2018 - Michael J. Farley spent 30 years addressing issues and problems in health care communities nationwide. Now, he brings that experience to the Martinsville-Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness as its new executive director. - Read More

Founder of health coalition looks back

Oct 29, 2018 - Barbara Jackman has stepped down after 13 years with the coalition and a decades-long career in health administration. She is being succeeded by Michael Farley, formerly of Texas, who joined the coalition Sept. 1. - Read More

Harvest partners with Greater Bassett for community garden

Oct 26, 2018 - The Harvest Foundation and the Greater Bassett Area Community (GBAC) organization have joined forces to create and maintain a community garden in Stanleytown. - Read More

Classic rides draw hundreds to Bassett

Oct 23, 2018 - Hundreds of people turned out to see 15 race cars and more than 225 antique cars at the “Race Night” Bassett Hwy. - Read More

Governor Northam Announces $3.75 Million Grant to Improve Learning in Schools Hit by Opioid Crisis

Oct 10, 2018 - RICHMOND—Gov. Ralph Northam announced that Virginia has received a five-year, $3.75 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to improve outcomes and support services for students in rural school divisions most affected by the opioid crisis. - Read More

HCPS Receives Award for Outstanding Cost Savings and Achievement in Energy Conservation Program

Oct 5, 2018 - HENRY COUNTY, VA, October 4, 2018 — Henry County Public Schools (HCPS) received from Cenergistic today the Chairman’s Sustainability Award for its outstanding cost savings. - Read More

Nearly 50 students receive industry 4.0 certificate after PHCC becomes NC3 Leader School

Oct 2, 2018 - MARTINSVILLE, VA Patrick Henry Community College is now an official NC3 Leader School. Within three weeks of receiving this national recognition, nearly fifty students have already taken advantage of the opportunities this new designation provides them. - Read More

Through Eastman, PHCC, and Verizon Girls glimpse future possibilities in STEM

Oct 1, 2018 - After 18 cumulative weeks of summer camps and ten monthly meetings, over 100 local middle school girls have gotten a glimpse into the ways science and technology could reshape their futures. - Read More

Smith River Singers to establish community music library with Harvest PUP! grant

Sep 27, 2018 - The Smith River Singers will create a choral and instrumental community lending library with help from a $10,000 Pick Up the Pace! grant from The Harvest Foundation. - Read More

Henry County Public Schools receive sustainability award

Sep 25, 2018 - Forty-six schools and six districts were honored on September 19 at the 2018 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools ceremony for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and costs... - Read More

Virginia Awarded Nearly $16 Million to Continue Addressing Opioid Crisis

Sep 24, 2018 - Today, Governor Ralph Northam announced that Virginia was awarded $15,809,989 in a State Opioid Response (SOR) grant from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). - Read More

YMCA to use Harvest Foundation PUP! grant for needs assessment

Sep 21, 2018 - The Harvest Foundation awarded the Martinsville-Henry County Family YMCA a Pick Up the Pace! grant of $4,125 to complete a needs assessment and market study for the organization. - Read More

Governor Northam Announces Commonwealth’s Unemployment Rate Falls to 3.0%

Sep 21, 2018 - RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased by 0.1 percentage point in August to 3.0 percent and was down 0.7 percentage point from a year ago. - Read More

Governor Northam Announces 300 New Jobs in Henry County

Sep 19, 2018 - MARTINSVILLE—Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Monogram Food Solutions, LLC, a Memphis-based manufacturer of value-added meats, will invest $30 million to expand its manufacturing operation, Monogram Snacks, in Henry County. - Read More

Foundation staff recognized; board member delivers keynote address at annual Chamber event

Aug 29, 2018 - The Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce honored Latala Hodges, communications director, at this year's annual business appreciation luncheon at Spencer-Penn Centre Tuesday. - Read More

SOL pass rates for Henry County Schools released

Aug 22, 2018 - School division SOL pass rates, based on 2018 Standards of Learning (SOL) test results, were released by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) today. - Read More

Governor Northam Announces Public-Private Marketing Grants to Support 57 Local Tourism Programs

Aug 16, 2018 - RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced more than $890,000 in matching grant funds will be awarded to 57 local tourism initiatives as part of the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s (VTC) Marketing Leverage Program (MLP). - Read More

Summer interns learn valuable skills at Harvest

Aug 15, 2018 - Summer internships may mean job shadowing in some organizations, but not The Harvest Foundation. - Read More

PUP! grant funds museum scholarships for local schools

Aug 14, 2018 - Beginning September 1, 2018, The Pick Up the Pace! (PUP) grant will allow teachers and administrators to register their students for SOL-based programming led by museum educators through distance learning, inside the teachers' classrooms, or at the museum - Read More

Harvest will apply for Enterprise Zone incentives

Aug 6, 2018 - The Harvest Foundation plans to seek a state grant to help pay for its renovations to the former SunTrust Bank building in uptown Martinsville. - Read More

Governor Northam Announces 212 New Jobs in Henry County

Jul 30, 2018 - Press Glass to invest $43.55 million to establish first Virginia manufacturing operation - Read More

A rich history at 134 East Church Street

Jul 19, 2018 - Over the past century and a half, the property at the corner of Church and Ellsworth streets in uptown Martinsville has been the site of a private home, a school and a business. - Read More

United Way receives $10,000 Harvest PUP! grant for Bridges Out of Poverty

Jul 10, 2018 - The United Way of Henry County and Martinsville is rolling out a six-month pilot of the Bridges Out of Poverty program Getting Ahead in a Just-Getting-By World with help from The Harvest Foundation. - Read More

PHCC Brings Welding To Patrick County High School

Jul 10, 2018 - MARTINSVILLE, VA - Patrick County High School [PCHS] students will soon have the opportunity to learn welding and earn both college credit and industry certifications in the process. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Harvest holds furniture lottery for nonprofits

Jun 29, 2018 - MARTINSVILLE-At least 13 local non-profits will be receiving free office furniture thanks to a contest from The Harvest Foundation. - Read More

Bassett Historical Center awarded Harvest PUP! grant

Jun 26, 2018 - The Bassett Historical Center is increasing its service capabilities and technology with a $10,000 Pick Up the Pace! grant from The Harvest Foundation. - Read More

Virginia’s Unemployment Drops to Lowest Rate in Over a Decade

Jun 25, 2018 - RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was down 0.1 percentage point in April to 3.3 percent and was down 0.5 percentage point from a year ago. - Read More

Strayer Named Acting Superintendent for Henry County Public Schools

Jun 21, 2018 - The School Board of Henry County has named Mrs. Sandy Strayer as the acting Superintendent of Henry County Public Schools, effective July 16. - Read More

Carter honored as Teaching Faculty of the Year

May 12, 2018 - Martinsville, VA – Every year, Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) recognizes one outstanding instructor as the Teaching Faculty Member of the Year. - Read More

Harvest Youth Board funds area college guides

May 12, 2018 - The Harvest Youth Board will support college guides at Martinsville, Bassett and Magna Vista high schools with a $5,000 grant to help more students plan their futures after high school, whether they are joining the workforce, attending college or enrollin - Read More

New section of Dick & Willie slated for fall

May 8, 2018 - The newest section of the Dick & Willie Passage trail may be ready for walkers, bikers, runners and others this fall. - Read More

WSLS10: New bicycle program begins in Martinsville to help ex-convicts get jobs

May 3, 2018 - MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Tyrone Johnson currently works at Serendipity Coffee House and Bistro in Martinsville. - Read More

Martinsville-Henry County, VA Celebrates Travel and Tourism Industry Celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week with VisitMartinsville

May 1, 2018 - Martinsville, VA (May 1, 2018)— The Martinsville-Henry County EDC’s Tourism Division will celebrate travel and tourism during the 35th annual National Travel and Tourism Week: May 6-12, 2018. - Read More

Free meals available for local children

May 1, 2018 - Henry County School Nutrition is a Sponsor of the USDA Summer Food Service Program. - Read More

Martinsville Ranks in EPA’s 2018 List of Top Small Cities with ENERGY STAR® Certified Buildings in Henry County Public Schools

Apr 27, 2018 - Martinsville was ranked ninth in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2018 list of small U.S. metropolitan areas with the most ENERGY STAR certified buildings. - Read More

Henry County Public Schools Among School Districts Recognized for Innovative Technology Initiatives

Apr 27, 2018 - The Center for Digital Education is proud to announce Henry County Public Schools as one of the 15 winners in the Mid-sized Student Population Districts Category (3,000 - 12,000 students) of the 2017-18 Digital School Districts Survey Awards. - Read More

Cotton Honored by UVA Curry School

Apr 27, 2018 - Dr. Jared Cotton, Superintendent of Henry County Public Schools, was awarded the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) Excellence in Educational Leadership Award at UVA’s Curry School of Education on Thursday. - Read More

Averett University and Patrick Henry Community College partner in new articulation agreement

Apr 26, 2018 - MARTINSVILLE, Va. (Apr. 26, 2017) – Today, Averett University President Dr. Tiffany M. Franks, and Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) President Dr. Angeline Godwin, signed an articulation agreement making it easier for students to transfer. - Read More

Special Delivery: Piedmont Arts Provides Art Supplies to Local Preschools

Apr 26, 2018 - Martinsville, VA (April 26, 2018) – Piedmont Arts delivered five boxes of art supplies and learning aides to Happy Feet Early Learning and Child Center on Wednesday. - Read More

The Harvest Foundation funds new STEP, Inc. transportation program

Apr 24, 2018 - Solutions That Empower People (STEP), Inc. is knocking down barriers to transportation for its re-entry clients with a new initiative that provides bicycles to get to work. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: SEED enrollment keeps growing in Henry County

Apr 17, 2018 - MARTINSVILLE – Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) officials say they are astonished at the number of high school seniors who have signed up for a program that will enable them to earn a two-year college degree at no cost. - Read More

The Harvest Foundation announces relocation to SunTrust Bank building

Apr 9, 2018 - The Harvest Foundation is pleased to announce that it is renovating the first floor of the iconic SunTrust Bank building in uptown Martinsville and will move its offices there this summer. - Read More

Improvements to Bassett, Fieldale communities continue

Apr 4, 2018 - Construction has begun on improvements in Bassett and Fieldale as part of the Smith River Small Towns Business District Revitalization Project. - Read More

PHCC hosts information sessions for industry training

Mar 31, 2018 - MARTINSVILLE, VA – The Harvest Foundation has promised to cover the cost of tuition, textbooks, and fees for all eligible seniors who graduate from a high school in Martinsville or Henry County this year. - Read More

Harvest Youth Board awards $7K grant to boost area literacy

Mar 29, 2018 - The Harvest Youth Board will help more than 250 area children receive free books with a $7,000 grant to United Way of Henry County and Martinsville and Smart Beginnings Martinsville Henry supporting the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: A Helping Hand - Ridgeway medical practice continues to grow

Mar 29, 2018 - RIDGEWAY – Ridgeway Family Health has had about 1,720 patient encounters since the site opened Dec. 1, which is about what had been expected, according to Barbara Jackman, executive director of the Martinsville-Henry Coalition for Health and Wellness. - Read More

City of Martinsville receives state grant for preparedness and resilience

Mar 21, 2018 - RICHMOND – Governor Ralph Northam announced today that nearly $420,000 will be awarded to 28 localities across the Commonwealth as part of a competitive process under the Supplemental Local Emergency Management Performance Grant (SLEMPG) program. The Virg - Read More

LOVE has come to Martinsville Speedway

Mar 19, 2018 - Martinsville, VA (March 19, 2018) – The Martinsville-Henry County EDC’s Tourism Office is excited to announce that LOVE is in the air at Martinsville Speedway; 96 feet high, to be exact! - Read More

PHCC welcomes southern Virginia native as the new dean

Mar 15, 2018 - MARTINSVILLE, VA – Patrick Henry Community College welcomes its new Dean of Student Success and Enrollment Services Dr. Virginia R. Jones. - Read More

Harvest awards $10,000 PUP! grant to Tackfully Teamed Riding Academy

Mar 9, 2018 - Tackfully Teamed Riding Academy, Inc. will expand its services with help from a $10,000 Pick Up the Pace! (PUP!) grant from The Harvest Foundation. - Read More

Marcus King, Billy Strings to combine for ‘King & Strings’ set at Rooster Walk 10

Mar 6, 2018 - Martinsville, VA -- Marcus King and Billy Strings, two of the hottest names on today’s music scene, will join forces for a world-debut “King & Strings” set on May 25th at Rooster Walk, the festival announced today. - Read More

Virginia Business: Two Virginias - New efforts aim to shrink the economic gap between urban and rural regions

Mar 5, 2018 - Let’s revisit some recent economic misery. By March 2010, the Great Recession was over and a recovery was underway nationwide. But it surely didn’t feel that way in some parts of Virginia. - Read More

Visitor Center Celebrates 10 Years

Mar 2, 2018 - Martinsville, VA (March 2, 2018) The Martinsville-Henry County Visitor Center became state certified through the Virginia Tourism Corporation in March of 2008. Since then, the Visitor Center has been dedicated to educating tourists and locals about the ma - Read More

PHCC College Board Appoints Two New Members

Feb 27, 2018 - MARTINSVILLE, VA – On Monday, during its first meeting of 2018, the Patrick Henry Community College Board appointed two new members: Gary Collins of Henry County and Roger Hayden of Patrick County. - Read More

Governor Northam Announces Virginia Selected for National Governor’s Association Project To Combat Opioid Crisis

Feb 26, 2018 - RICHMOND – Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the National Governor’s Association (NGA) selected Virginia to participate in a learning lab on state strategies for addressing infectious diseases related to substance use. - Read More

Results, Community Dream Center partners with Harvest PUP! grant

Feb 20, 2018 - A local business and nonprofit agency have teamed up to serve residents in Martinsville-Henry County who are unemployed and underemployed. - Read More

Business Matchmaking Event Aims to Build Relationships

Feb 14, 2018 - Martinsville, VA (February 14, 2018) – The Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation’s Small Business Division is inviting business owners to attend a business matchmaking event to increase more local business to business partnerships. - Read More

PHCC invites community to Black History Month events

Feb 7, 2018 - MARTINSVILLE, VA – With Black History Month kicking off, Patrick Henry Community College is planning a three-day event to explore the origins of Black History Month and African American culture. - Read More

The Wood Brothers plus 14 more acts added to Rooster Walk 10 band lineup

Feb 6, 2018 - Martinsville, VA – Roots-folk-rock trio The Wood Brothers and renowned pedal-steel act Robert Randolph & The Family Band were added to the bill of the tenth annual Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival, set for May 24-27, 2018 just outside of Martinsville, V - Read More

Applications for PHCC Scholars and Commonwealth Legacy Scholars now open

Feb 5, 2018 - MARTINSVILLE, VA - The Patrick Henry Community College Foundation is now accepting applications for the Patrick Henry Scholars and Commonwealth Legacy scholarship. - Read More

Bids awarded in Bassett, Fieldale for Smith River Small Towns

Feb 4, 2018 - Work could begin within weeks on projects in Fieldale and Bassett that are part of the Smith River Small Towns Business District Revitalization Project. - Read More

Harvest Foundation releases 2017 annual report to community

Feb 1, 2018 - The Harvest Foundation, located in Martinsville, Va., has released its 2017 annual report, which summarizes financial and grant highlights from fiscal year 2017. - Read More

Art, storytelling comes to life for ARTStart participants

Jan 30, 2018 - A dozen children sat around Fred Motley in a Piedmont Arts gallery recently, following his every move. When he circled his hands over his head and from side to side, they did the same. - Read More

Governor Northam Announces Availability of $1 Million in Grant Funds to Support Law Enforcement

Jan 26, 2018 - Governor Ralph Northam today announced that $1 million in grant funds are available to support law enforcement agencies’ efforts to upgrade their technology and equipment, enhance officer recruitment and training, reduce opioid overdose deaths, and promot - Read More

Martinsville-Henry County Tourism Receives $10,000 Grant from Virginia Tourism Corporation 'Crush Friday' Program Marketing Fund

Jan 24, 2018 - Martinsville, VA (January 24, 2018) -- Martinsville-Henry County Tourism announced that it has received a $10,000 grant from the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) “Crush Friday Program” grant fund. - Read More

Virginia Business - Program will allow students to attend college for free

Jan 2, 2018 - In the two weeks after it was announced in November, more than 150 high school seniors rushed to sign up for the first tuition free community college program in Virginia. - Read More

Two new members join The Harvest Foundation Board of Directors

Jan 2, 2018 - Dr. Valenica Eggleston-Clark and James “Jim” Tobin will join The Harvest Foundation Board of Directors this year. - Read More


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